Smithsonian Latino Center Accepting Applications for 2016 Young Ambassadors Program

Summer Leadership Experience in Washington, D.C., and 17 Cities Across the Country
February 22, 2016
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The Smithsonian Latino Center is now accepting applications for the 2016 Young Ambassadors Program June 19 through Aug. 1. The application deadline is April 4. The Young Ambassadors Program is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities via the Smithsonian and its resources. The program receives major and continued support from Ford Motor Company Fund.

Students interested and committed to the arts, sciences and humanities, as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures, are selected to travel to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian. The week consists of visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with experts from various fields, including museum professionals. Following the week in Washington, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and cultural institutions in 17 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. 

Student selection is based on demonstrated interest, commitment and excellence in the arts, sciences and humanities as well as academic record, leadership experience and dedication to education and community service. The program includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel to Washington, D.C., and a program stipend following the four-week internship. For more information and to apply, visit

“We are excited to celebrate the 11th year of this signature leadership program at the Smithsonian, sharing the Latino story at our nation’s museum with civically engaged young people from across the country,” said Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz.

“Education is a top priority for Ford, and we are proud to continue our nine-year partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program,” said Joe Ávila, community outreach manager at Ford Motor Company Fund. “Through this program, we are driving a brighter future for the next generation of committed leaders who will make an impact in their communities.”

The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the U.S. and internationally.

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company which also mobilizes 30,000 volunteers each year in 40 countries. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Learn more at


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